Maltese priest Fr. Rob Galea had the rare opportunity to play for the Pope at the World Youth Day (WYD) last Saturday night. Pope Francis addressed more than a million young people at Panama City’s Metro Park for the WYD Vigil, and Fr. Galea performed throughout the vigil.
“Last night I got to kneel before Jesus and worship Him with Pope Francis and 1.4 million pilgrims,” Fr. Galea proudly announced to his fans and followers on Facebook.
The young Maltese priest’s journey to this point is impressive.
In a NAS-inspired one minute video uploaded last summer, Fr. Galea had opened up about being a troubled teen involved in violence and drugs, and was even suicidal at a point. After he was ordained as a Catholic priest, he started serving the Sandhurst Diocese and moved to Australia in 2010.
Fr. Galea is definitely not your usual priest
He’s been mentioned in national newspapers, took part in X Factor Australia and has even written a number of his own songs.
The “singing priest” is an international hit to be reckoned with, with 55k likes on his Facebook page and 42k followers on Instagram.
Fr Rob Galea is also the founder of FRG Ministry, a Catholic movement with the aim to bring the Catholic message to people of all ages across the world. And it achieves its goals the millennial way; through music, its Facebook page and Instagram account and video production.
FRG Ministry doesn’t shy away from more traditional means, also engaging in mission trips, outreach events and provides educational programs and resources for schools and Catholic parishes.